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In the Netherlands, the great corruption is solved with "sincerely regrets"

By Jerom Bolt
While the Dutch officials, headed by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, continue to make the morals of the "corrupt" states in Eastern Europe,in the United Kingdom has been noted one of the world's largest money-laundering fiscal fraud and institutional corruption.
Koos Timmermans, the chief financial officer (CFO) of the Dutch bank ING Groep, resigned on after being blamed for failing to stop money laundering, Financial Times reported.
In a statement, bank officials said Timmermans will also resign from the ING Group’s executive board and will leave the company after 22 years. He was a member of the bank’s management board and responsible for its Netherlands operations between 2010 and 2016, rising to CFO in 2017.
Dutch financial crime prosecutors said ING had violated laws on preventing money laundering and financing terrorism. The bank paid a fine of €775 million (US$900 million) set by the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service.
The Dutch investigation focused on the bank’s role in handling unusual payments, and found it had missed potential signals of money laundering.
Dutch bank ING Group NV said that it agreed to pay a fine of €675 million ($782 million) and disgorge €100 million ($115 million) to resolve criminal investigations into lax business practices.
The Amsterdam-based bank said its resolution with the Dutch Public Prosecution Service related to requirements for client on-boarding, the prevention of money laundering, and corrupt practices.
ING said in a disclosure filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the investigations "established serious shortcomings in the execution of policies to prevent financial economic crime" from 2010 to 2016.
Ralph Hamers, CEO of ING, said the bank "sincerely regrets" that it didn't "adequately fulfill its role as gatekeeper to the financial system, helping fight financial crime." (rbj/16.09.2018)

Mark Rute: The summit in Sibiu in 2019 could have a "transforming character" in the EU

By Theo Moreni
On his visit to Romania, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Wednesday that the 2019 summit in Sibiu could have a "transforming character" with an impact on the next five years of the European Union.
"I think that some of the biggest problems that the European Union faces will be categorically analyzed in the first half of next year and will depend very much on Romania's leadership capacity. We will have all sorts of things that we are discussing for example, in Salzburg. They will also play a very important role in the Presidency of Romania and, for example, the issue of the agreements we can have with Africa, how we deal with the issue of the pressure of migration on Europe, overall, but we have concentrated in particular on the fact that in your hometown (Sibiu, the hometown of the President of Romania-E / N) we will meet again on 9 May in the context of an informal meeting of the Council, which may have a transformative character, an impact on the next five years of the EU, "the prime minister said at a joint conference with President Klaus Iohannis.
He reminded that the meeting will take place a few weeks before the European elections.
"Together, we need to build the agenda for the next five years, and I think Romania and the Netherlands think very similarly. There must be a European Union of values based on a strong economy and working closely together to create security in a world of The fact that this meeting takes place three weeks before the European elections is an extraordinary opportunity to build this agenda further, "Rutte added.
He gave his support for the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council to be successful.
"It is the first time you have this rotating presidency, I know how you prepare for this, I know what ambition you have of this quality, but Brexit, migration and the next five years of the European agenda is for you, under your leadership, I will assure you of all my support, categorically, in the direction of these events. "The conference will take place in your city in Sibiu, which is even more beautiful," Rutte said.
The Dutch official has appreciated that bilateral relations with Romania are very strong.
"We work together, we work together at European level, we have a very strong economic relationship, Romanian companies invest in the Netherlands, and those in the Netherlands invest in Romania, thus creating growth and, among other things, jobs for people living in Romania and those living in the Netherlands, and we both collaborated in the European Council, and we value our relationship and the way we work together in this context, "Rutte said. (rbj/12.09.2018)

Perfidious Albion

By Constantin Radut
Since Ms. Theresa May feels in difficulty to cross Brexit, Europe and the West have been attracted to a dementia race. Scandals, lies, duplicity, evil diplomacy.
But Theresa May was not satisfied, especially as Brexit's arithmetic did not bring him any advantage. So, "The Lady of Bamboo" in London, together with the loyal services, set up the Skripal case. A case that even the most obscure observers show it is sewn with blue thread. If we believe what Ms. May says, Russia has adjusted all its internal and external affairs and, in the absence of anything else, Moscow is playing with the spies. More specifically, says Ms. Theresa, Russia poisoned Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, now a British citizen and subject to the secret services of his Majesty. He himself and his daughter. The revolting case itself. But the irony, the Russians are not able to carry on the operation, and the two are revived after intense medical treatment.
Only if you are beaten in the head can you believe this story invented by Ms. Theresa and some of her cousins.
There is a two-week media show. While Perfidious Albion persuades his Washington strategic partner that in Syria Assad's regime, helped by the Russian Federation, is about to free the country from Islamist groups that have caused a civilian rage for nearly 10 years in this Land of the Levant. But in divide the fruits, the Americans and the Westerners are not at the table.
As a result, for several days the Western propaganda inoculated the idea that Assad's autocratic regime killed its fellow citizens with chemical weapons. A story that the governments involved in the Syrian "business" had regulated in 2003. Then, under international assistance, Syria's chemical weapons reserves were destroyed under the eyes of the entire world.
But, as London had the interest to cover its own internal dissatisfaction, it urged the novice Donald Trump to the war. And you fight until the White House boss said it was better to show his muscles in front of the Russians and the Chinese.
It said and done: on Friday night for Saturday, US, UK and France are shooting about 100 new missiles on Syria. "Mission accomplished," said Donald Trump.
Ms. Theresa, in London, had the mustache satisfied with the demersal or "pacifist."
What to say: the big people also need a toy.
But now, the toy can turn into real war. Because Trump is attracted to the funeral smell of bombs, and "The Lady of Bamboo" wants to carry on the tradition of Perfidious Albion
Putin is still waiting. But he announced today that Moscow also has a "red line" that he does not want Americans or English or French to pass without paying.
Really? Will the Third World War erupt? (rbj/15.04.2018)

The Netherlands is a 'narco-state'

By Constantin Radut
We do not say that, but a union of the police in the country of tulips. According to the 'Noodkreet Recherche' document, the trade union in question states that over the last 30 years, Holland has become a narco-state, a very permissive state for narcotics trafficking.
The newspaper volkskrant.nl shows in Dutch: ‘Ik heb de laatste 25 jaar kleine dealers zien doorgroeien tot grote ondernemers en zogenaamd gerespecteerde beleggers met goede contacten in de politiek.' Het is een van de getuigenissen van een rechercheur die niet bij naam wordt genoemd in het tien pagina's tellende pamflet 'Noodkreet Recherche', een rondgang van de Nederlandse Politiebond langs zo'n 400 rechercheurs.
That's what it means: "In the past 25 years, we've seen small dealers become big entrepreneurs, and so-called respected investors have good contacts in politics." It's one of the testimonies of a detective not mentioned in the Noodkreet Recherche the analysis of the Dutch Police Association, which has the testimony of over 400 detectives.
Well, so this is Holland? This is the country that gives lessons to all states in the EU how to behave, how to fight corruption and combat the influence trafficking?
I thought Holland was the country of pornography and live meat trafficking. I remember an accident in Amsterdam many years ago.On the 'red street', with girls to rent out of a showroom or from 'fish', there was a lot of people from all over Europe. At one point, a huge noise awoke the travelers and lovers of a sex game. What happened? A narcoman put the HIV traceable syringe into the foot of a tourist. I was terrified.
I thought these events were gone.
But it's not like that.
The Dutch police say it. Now it's worse
Is this, Mr. Rutte?
Are you laughing at this story?
You, Mrs.Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bucharest, are you also laughing?
Minister of Justice and Security, Ferdinand Grapperhaus, "does not consider the Netherlands as a narco-state", according to a press release released on Wednesday.
"There is an effective fight against organized crime and drug trafficking in the Netherlands," he adds, recognizing however the need to invest more in the capabilities of the judiciary.
Mr. Rutte, there is a saying: before seeing the straw in the eyes of another, see the wooden beam in your eyes. (rbj/21.02.2018)

The Dutch liar

By Constantin Radut
Halbe Zijlstra was born on 21 January 1969. He is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).
He was the leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy Group in the House of Representatives from 1 November 2012 to 16 March 2017 and a member of the House of Representatives from 20 September 2012 to 26 October 2017 and from 30 November 2006 to 14 October 2010. He served as State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science from 14 October 2010 to 5 November 2012.
A politician with a rich political biography.
He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Third Mark Rutte cabinet from 26 October 2017
Zijlstra has a sin. He's a liar. He is not the only liar of the Netherlands. But he lied as the Dutch foreign minister. Until 13 February 2018
Degrading to a politician and head of the Dutch government's foreign affairs.
Zijlstra claimed to have heard the Russian president speak of his expansionist ambitions during a meeting with businessmen at Putin's holiday home in 2006. At that time, Halbe Zijlstra was working for the Shell Dutch oil company.
In an interview published at the end of last week in the daily Volkskrant, the minister admitted that he did not attend the meeting but "borrowed" the news from a person whose identity he wanted to protect.
"We have made the decision that this is an important geopolitical history. I placed myself in the story to make sure that the revelations were not about the person who was really there. Because it could have had implications for him or his company, "Zijlstra explained.
In the original version, Zijlstra claimed that he was in a back room of the villa when they heard Putin defining 'Great Russia' as' Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic states, "and adding that 'Kazakhstan should be good'. Halbe Zijlstra resigned on Tuesday, one day after admitting he lied.
What degrading. What embarrassing.
We have to stay away from Dutch officials. They can invent stories about foreign politicians. They can transmit untrue messages about other governments and other countries.
What you say, Mr. Rutte. You say you are the navel of European politics. You are a liar? (rbj/13.02.2018)

Vienna: "Outside the Nazis", "Death to Fascism"

By Constantin Radut
Vienna is the European capital of music, but also of extremist ideologies, which influenced Adolf Hitler's political career at the beginning of the 20th century.
Today, Vienna and Austria are the cradle of the worst days of political metamorphosis in the European Union. Nobody knows where these tricks will be channeled.
We do not agree with the ideas of the sociologists and political scientist in Europe or America, as the re-emergence of extremist parties in Europe is rooted in the "refugee movement" from Africa and the Orient and the permissive policies of some states led by Germany. In fact, in Germany, about 6 million people live in non-Christian communities since 30-40 years ago. In France, communities with non-French origins have a much longer history. This has not led to any major slippage in respect of democratic rules and republican policies in the two major European countries.
In the smaller states in Europe, things start to deteriorate. Especially in those with origins or Germanic influences.
The most striking example is the Czech Republic, where, a few days ago, a populist and very appealing personality for the far right was installed. The new Government in Prague may be more radical against Brussels than Poland or Hungary.
But the most dangerous state of affairs in terms of the recrudescence of extremism is happening in Austria.
More than 2,000 people have shown in Vienna against the participation of the FPÖ (Freedom Party) extreme-right party in the new Austrian government led by Conservative Sebastian Kurz, while the executive sworn in the head of state, AFP reports.
Demonstrators gathered in the area where there are several ministries and the former Imperial Palace, where the new government, made up of 13 ministers, including six FPÖ members, was invested by the country's president, Alexander Van der Bellen.
The protesters channeled the demonstration to the Heroes Square, an emblematic place of Austrian history, where Hitler gave a speech in 1938 announcing the annexation of Austria to Germany.
They displayed banners that read "Outside the Nazis," "Welcome, Refugees" or "Death to Fascism". The protesters denounced the alliance agreed by new Chancellor Sebastian Kurz with extreme-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache, who will hold a Vice-Chancellor's post. The FPÖ will also have three of the most important ministries - Interior, Defense and Foreign Affairs. (rbj/18.12.2018)

Angela Merkel: Russia is a force that creates an international order

By Constantin Radut
The above title creates a great deal of suspicion amongst those who have eyeglasses.
Including in Romania. Or, especially, in Romania.
The German Chancellor said yesterday at a conference in Berlin: "We see Russia that wants to be a force shaping the world order and that's what it is if we take a look at Syria."
The news does not appear on the Agerpres press agency. I have not found it in other publications in Bucharest. We have identified it by chance in the news stream of Rador, a public radio agency in Romania.
In Bucharest, an alliance of isolation with Russia was established.
Nobody knows why. No one can explain to whom it serves.
If a politician remembers something about Russia, then he is described as a person who does not want to have democracy, who wants to betray the country's Atlantic aspirations.
A real madness.
How can you isolate yourself from one of our biggest neighbors in the region? The anti-Russian attitude of the political and journalistic media in Romania is being directed by somebody. That one is even our transatlantic ally: US.
Hans Klemm, the US Ambassador to Bucharest, said recent: "Taking advantage of our democratic societies, Russia is looking for the influence on public opinion, and often on elections, through the propagation of fake news, using state media such as Russian televisions, Sputnik and social networks In some places, such as Romania, where the population is prudent to Russia's motives, the Kremlin's tactics are more subtle: Instead of trying to persuade people to support Russia's policy, they try to break the confidence of the population in the EU , NATO and our strategic partnership "
The fake news issues are in America, to the Donald Trump Administration. Not in the Romania.
Romania should be concerned about the good neighborhood with Russia and the trade with the Russian Federation.
This work is done by the Germans as well as the French and others. Even the Poles, who are in a historical dispute with Russia.
Of course, in the course of history Russia did not just deal with fake news. As far as Romania is concerned, Soviet Russia has devastated our national territory and the national economy.
But history does not have to bring us any wrongs right now. History teaches us that we must deal with Russia in a pragmatic way. The great diplomat Nicolae Titulescu, Romanian Foreign Minister in 1935-1936, after lengthy talks and disputes with his counterpart Litvinv, said: "I consider the Franco-Russian friendship as an axiom. Its inescapable consequence is a Russian-Romanian friendship." (rbj/12.12.2017)

Mutter Angela: Stop and go?

By Constantin Radut
Three months after parliamentary elections, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel is beaten by the reality. Maybe by the rigidity.
Germany, the country that has accustomed us to stability and rigor, shows strong weaknesses in its political infrastructure. Diverse and contradictory. Heterogeneous
Today, November 20, after many meetings with CSU Bavarians, with the FDP liberals and the Green Party, Angela Merkel sees himself defeated. Partners for a possible coalition in the Bundestag do not agree with Mrs Merkel's conservatism.
Germany is entering a new era. That of uncertainties. For her and for Europe.
It is for the first time in the post-war history of Germany when the general election does not end with the formation of a government.
A sad record whose protagonist is Angela Merkel.
The German machine does not work anymore. Perhaps the electorate wants something else. Perhaps the Germans do not want Mutte Angela anymore.
And yet, tonight, Angela Merkel said that if the early elections (perhaps in January-February 2018 ?!), she, the current Chancellor defeated, wants to be the Chancellor again. To beat it again.
The curiosity of things.
Germany enters the moving sands. This does not do good to anyone.
Neither Germany nor Europe. Especially of the Europe that needs the reforms promised by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Why does Angela Merkel want to be, again, Chancellor of Germanny?
Are not there any political figures in Germany to lead the country?
We hope Mrs Merkel does not want to be a matusalem in Germany's recent history.

It was over with the providential leaders. With the life leaders.
Will Germany give us a new political lesson? An unusual one.(rbj/20.11.2017)

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